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Case File: Everett Ruess - 4435DMUT

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Everett Ruess

  • Case Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Missing Since: November 1, 1934
  • Location Last Seen: Escalante Canyons, Delta Co, Utah
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is from the time of dissappearance.

  • Date of Birth: March 28, 1914
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 20
  • Race: Caucasian
  • Gender: Male
  • Height at Time of Disappearance: 5'8
  • Weight at Time of Disappearance: Unknown
  • Hair Color: Light Brown
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Alias(s) / Nickname(s): Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
  • Dentals: Not available
  • Fingerprints: Not available
  • DNA: Available
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Unknown, he does wear a size 9 shoe.
  • Jewelry: He may have been wearing a Navajo bracelet with three turquoise stones.
  • Additional Personal Items: His bedroll, food, journal, paintings, cooking kit, and money were missing.
  • Circumstances of Disappearance

    Everett Ruess was an artist who spent time alone in the wilderness. In November of 1934 (the exact day is unknown), he was seen in Escalante Canyons, Utah, as he traveled towards Arizona for the winter. Later, his two burros were found corralled with gear in Davis Gulch. Ruess's probable last camp was found in Cottonwood Canyon, and footprints were followed to the base of Kaiparowits Plateau. "Nemo, 1934" was found scratched into the wall of a nearby cave..

    Ruess speaks Navajo in addition to English.

    In 2009, DNA testing was performed on bones thought to be Ruess's. At first, they were declared to be his, but the family sought a second opinion when an archeologist said that the dental records did not appear to match. Further DNA testing conclusively proved the remains to not be Ruess's.

    Investigating Agency(s)
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  • Agency Name: Garfield Country Sheriff's Office
  • Agency Phone Number: 801-676-2678

  • Agency Case Number: Unknown
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